It’s really a pleasure doing a senior portrait. I’m so impressed by the accomplishments of a 17 year old. Accepting leadership roles (as you will see below) and working effortlessly with her family. I really don’t have to see much more than the way a family gets along on an outing like a senior portrait session to know good things are there. If you are not the person being photographed, a portrait session is really pretty dull stuff to watch. But I got willing assistance holding a reflector and nary a complaint from the younger sisters about the outing with Dad and Kjersti to get the senior portraits in the bag.
I asked how they decided that she was interested in garden photos for the shoot. She said she and her mom just both had the same idea on that one. And here I am with lots of gardens. Somehow, they found me despite living a couple of hours south of Spokane. And we got lucky. The clouds built up over the afternoon, and we were able to get shots outdoors without harsh sunlight and shadows. It wasn’t all luck. I was following the forecast and saw that the clouds might move in, so I encouraged them to be a bit later than our original shoot time.
I encourage seniors to bring a variety of outfits. Some casual outfits and some that are more decked out. She fit that bill perfectly. I also like seniors to bring along items of special interest. That might be a guitar, a football, or in this case, an FFA uniform. She’s the President of the FFA in her home town and it sounds like a pretty active group. I love the bold graphic of the casual top she paired with jeans. A photogenic selection. The yellow dress, as well as the purple, were stunning. The yellow ruled in my book. But also very cool is the near military look of the FFA uniform. Clean and sleek lines, a formal uniform not built for hiking.
Most of the shots were in the gardens, a couple in the studio, and for the FFA outfit we went to the nearby agricultural setting of wheat fields and streams. Luckily, Kjersti is nimble and able to climb into various tight spots to get the shot we were after without mishap. Fun meeting her and her family. Nice day with the camera.